THIS clever traveler lived for free in Greece and Egypt and saved more than £6,000 – all while managing to travel to 20 countries before the age of 20.
Lauren Kirby, 20, fell in love with traveling after taking a break from her daycare job.
After seeing an ad for a childcare job on TikTok, Lauren decided to take the risk and flew to Corfu, Greece for three months.
Travel company TUI paid for Lauren’s accommodation, flights, food and bills and paid her a minimum wage of £830 a month.
With her income, Lauren was able to save £2,500 to fund trips to Portugal.And .
She said: “I didn’t have to pay my moneyor anything. I saved my entire salary.
“I had an apartment on the beach and a day and a half off.”
She was often able to finish early in the afternoon so she could enjoy the whole evening.
Then, in February 2023, Lauren went to work in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, saving a whopping £3,500.
She had her accommodation and even her health insurance covered again, so that after enjoying the sights, she could use all her savings to travel afterwards.
Now the savvy spender is using her savings to travel even further and has managed to travel to 20 countries before she turns 20.
Lauren, who works part-time in the nursery and lives in Maidstone, Kent, said: “I loved it. I would recommend it. People think traveling is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.”
She also set a goal of traveling to 20 countries before the age of 20 – and managed to achieve her goal.
So far she has visited the following countries: Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Mexico, Finland, Estonia, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Egypt, Ireland, Scotland, the USA, Norway and Wales.
She said: “I loved Portugal and Lake Bled.”. Everywhere is on my to-do list. I’m always on Skyscanner.
Lauren has already traveled to Bali, Los Angeles andstands in line, looking for other seasonal jobs to support her love of travel.
Another woman shared with us three stunning European destinations that offered to pay to move there.
, And All have areas where money is being spent to encourage people to move there – but the offers come with strings attached.